Shane Jones

  1.  Shane Jones speaks of being at a dinner with the Prime Minister and others and Condoleezza Rice the USA Secretary of State. Within 8 hours he picked up a hitchhiker who had just been released from prison… If there was ever an incident within a short period of time that made me feel humble as a Māori parliamentarian and a junior Minister, that was it—to go from that level of power and influence, and still to have the confidence to relate to one of my own rangatahi on the other side of the tracks, so to speak.  here.
  2. When you have got mortgages and seven kids … shivers, you’ll do anything to survive. Māori and Parliament. Diverse Strategies and Compromises.
  3. Leadership isn’t a question of nobility. Pg 202 Graham Latimer a biography.
  4. We thought of ourselves as challenging the system, but we were actually challenging ourselves. Point of Order Mr Speaker.
  5. I quickly worked out that if you had the passion for Māori policy, and could work the traps, gaining the confidence of government ministers, it was possible to make practical steps forward to acknowledge Māori rights in a mutually beneficial manner. Point of Order Mr Speaker.
  6. Once you have scrambled the egg, the egg doesn’t go back to its original state. Point of Order Mr Speaker.
  7. I always had a mixture of being strong on y culture but modern with commerce.Of course this requires a an international perspectives as well as domestic concerns. Point of Order Mr Speaker.
  8. I’d had a good run, being appointed in 1993 and clocking out in 2005, and no one should expect to remain, in my view, as a director on such a public body for longer than that period of time. Point of Order Mr Speaker.
  9. They say the most stubborn are the most intelligent. Point of Order Mr Speaker.
  10. All successful private sector enterprises I’ve been associated with know the value of leadership transition. Point of Order Mr Speaker.
  11. If you want to stand up and claim the mantle of Māori leadership through political offices, then own both sides of the New Zealand coin. Point of Order Mr Speaker.
  12. I’ve always thought that is Māori leadership which is needed to face today’s hazards. Point of Order Mr Speaker.
  13. The Māori critics of leadership will always look for the necessary displays of whakaiti, humility, self deprecation, which are sadly becoming ore rare. Point of Order Mr Speaker.
  14. No doubt there are many Māori holding positions of influence who do not want the role. They are just who they are, doing a job, whereas I’ve always felt that those positions are a medium through which you fulfill a role that ensures our heritage, our mana, and identity is boosted as an indelible feature of modern and future New Zealand society. Point of Order Mr Speaker.
  15. Keeping our special place is going to be an ongoing struggle for children and grandchildren as we become increasingly multiracial and multicultural. Point of Order Mr Speaker.
  16. We must bear in mind the effort, the toil and the love and faith that has been shown by earlier generations to make our country what it is. Point of Order Mr Speaker.
  17. From time to time I have been my own worst enemy; perhaps in too much of a hurry, rash and impulsive; the price of passion. Point of Order Mr Speaker.
  18. Redeem yourself and move on from it. Point of Order Mr Speaker.
  19. My advice to young aspiring politicians would be to live life before you become a politician. Point of Order Mr Speaker.
  20. I was hell bent on proving myself in the fisheries area, and in that kind of Māori commercial economic leadership and governance area. Point of Order Mr Speaker.